In Ontario, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development funds a variety of adult literacy, academic upgrading and essential skills training programs.

Characteristics of the programs

  • free, confidential service
  • adult learning environment
  • learning at own pace with individualized learning plan
  • full academic assessments and referral to appropriate program
  • goal-setting, with initial & ongoing assessment
  • upgrading job-related essential skills, including Apprenticeship math
  • practical skills focused on individual goals
  • preparation for attaining OSSD, or high school equivalency (A.C.E. or GED)
  • flexible hours
  • variety of formats – one-to-one, small group, classroom with individual attention
  • computer-assisted learning available
  • links to Job Connect, Apprenticeship and other Employment Ontario programs and services

The agencies work together to provide a full range of services, from basic skills review to college and apprenticeship preparatory courses. Programming also includes a strong component of Essential Skills training for the workforce, apprenticeship and employment preparation, as well as greater personal independence.